India-specific research schemes targeted to upgrade research infrastructure

In October the government will launch 3 schemes worth more than Rs 1,200 crore to boost India-specific research in social and pure sciences, complete with foreign collaborations and targeted measures to upgrade research infrastructure.
The HRD Ministry has got the go-ahead to launch the schemes titled STARS (Scheme for transformational and advanced research in fundamental sciences) SPARC (Scheme for promotion of academic & research collaboration) and IMPRESS (Impactful policy research in social science), which will be piloted and coordinated by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and Indian Council of Social Science & Research (ICSSR), respectively.
The schemes will be opened to both government and private institutes to ensure a level playing field and healthy competition. The aim is as much to steer research to issues and concerns more relevant to India as to get it on the global high table of cutting edge research and knowledge ecosystems.

Source: Economic Times

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